Suddenly, everyone is talking about UFOs—and talking about them very seriously. It seems that almost every day, another news story is released with never-before-seen footage of “unidentified flying objects” being tracked by U.S. Military fighter jets and visible not just to the pilots but to their radar as well.
What exactly has been revealed – and what is really going on?
Perhaps the real “breaking of the dam” moment for the UFO disclosures was the 2017 New York Times article, “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program.” That reporting blew the lid on an obscure, $22 million Pentagon program called the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.” It began in 2007 at the urging of Nevada Senator Harry Reid. The Pentagon claimed it was shut down in 2012, but various officials in the Department of Defense have stated that it still exists. One person who has made the rounds in the media is Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence official who ran the program. He resigned in 2017 after working on the Pentagon’s UFO program for ten years.
Elizondo has testified on multiple occasions that these objects are real and discussed the national security implications of that observation—saying it could possibly be the worst intelligence failure in our history. He is just one expert among a growing number of government insiders willing to speak candidly about the phenomenon. Another, Eric W. Davis, worked as an astrophysicist with the program. He revealed that the Pentagon examined physical materials they could neither identify nor manufacture themselves. He confirmed to the New York Times that he’d briefed defense officials about “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”
The implications of these revelations are stunning.
The 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act, one of the last pieces of legislation signed by President Trump, required the Department of Defense to gather and disclose the data it had collected on UFOs into a report to Congress. How much of that report will be public and declassified is still unknown. The 180-day deadline Congress set is coming up next month. The anticipation of the report has led to more coverage of this previously forbidden topic in mainstream outlets and possibly to a spate of leaks from the national security bureaucracy itself.
In a Fox News appearance, former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe, far from trying to tamp down the curiosity, only upped the ante when he said the following: “When we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for, or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom… Usually, we have multiple sensors that are picking up these things.” In other words, this is not a case of people’s eyes playing tricks on them.
And Ratcliffe wasn’t the only former intelligence official saying things that not too long ago would have sounded crazy. Former CIA Director John Brennan said in an interview, “I think some of the phenomena we’re going to be seeing continues to be unexplained and might, in fact, be some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.”
“A different form of life”? We’re in new territory now.
You know an issue has reached the “mainstream” of public discussion when 60 Minutes is talking about it. Just a few years ago, in a 2017 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, former President George W. Bush humorously but curtly refused to divulge any of the details he knew about UFOs. In sharp contrast, perhaps representing the sea change that has since taken place, former President Obama admitted they exist and that their physical movements could not be explained.
There’s also been a steady stream of documentaries on the subject that have been recently released. The Phenomenon includes interviews with very mainstream figures like Senator Harry Reid and Governor Bill Richardson, along with others who worked in the Department of Defense.
Another was the 2017 documentary, Unacknowledged. That film was done by Dr. Steven Greer, who has been talking about UFOs and extra-terrestrials for nearly three decades and has been largely ignored by mainstream media. But with all the recent revelations, people like Dr. Greer and his “Disclosure Project” don’t seem as crazy any longer. In fact, in May 2001, he and a variety of ostensible witnesses to these programs had a nearly two-hour press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, calling for these government programs to be acknowledged and disclosed to the American public. Virtually everything Greer alleged is now being officially acknowledged by the government or spoken about in mainstream media.
But people like Greer, while claiming that UFOs and extraterrestrials exist, are also emphatic that they don’t present a risk to national security. Is he correct? There is no way of knowing. But Americans can expect to learn much more with the release of the intelligence community’s report in June.
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